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USA: America’s Oil City Relies on Electric Car-Sharing

HOUSTON, Texas, August 24, 2012 (ENS) – The Zipcar car sharing network has crafted a new partnership with the City of Houston for a municipal electric vehicle fleet-sharing program that is the first of its kind in the country.

Under the Houston Fleet Share program, 50 existing city-owned fleet vehicles, including 25 electric Nissan Leafs, will be set up with Zipcar’s FastFleet proprietary fleet sharing technology for use by city employees. The Nissan Leafs have zero tailpipe emissions, and it is estimated that each vehicle will save up to $8,000 in fuel and maintenance costs over a three-year period.

One of Houston’s Nissan Leaf electric cars parked in front of City Hall (Photo courtesy City of Houston)

The first municipal EV sharing initiative in the United States, Houston Fleet Share is designed to help the city improve efficiency, promote sustainability and save money without sacrificing employee mobility.

“Houston is setting the pace for sustainability efforts, and we are very proud to be working with Zipcar to launch the nation’s first-ever municipal EV green fleet sharing program,” said Mayor Annise Parker.

“Although we’ve always been known as the oil capital of the world, we’re gaining momentum on being the energy capital through programs like Houston Fleet Share and the Houston Drives Electric initiative,” said the mayor.

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